Artefakt / Evigt Mörker – Konstrukt 003 (KON003 – 2016)
Dutch imprint Konstrukt had a flying start in 2015 when SHLTR debuted with revitalising tracks from techno’s brighter side. This year, the label continued with a split EP by Cassegrain and Sendai, and the next release comes from another combo consisting of Artefakt (Robin Koek and Nick Lapien) from the Netherlands and Evigt Mörker from Sweden.
Compared to the label’s debut, it’s a pretty different ride. Four dark-toned tracks are destined for club escapades, without any ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. “Ritualist” opens the Artefakt’s side, an air-cushioned, rhythmic track that would fit to the Northern Electronics catalogue. “Sacrum” is a reverb-struck big room provider, inspiring the engineers before heading to the Hyperloop testing ground.
Evigt Mörker’s side goes deeper and opens with “Skenet Av Den Nedre”, cybernetic post-tribal that is defying the gravitation and carrying the spell of suspicious bone finds from ancient Viking habitation. Holding on to the trippiness, “Altaret Restes” is flirting with brighter, trancy sounds for a Midsummer pagan dance naked in the forest.
“Konstrukt 003” is about functional, well-produced tracks that do their job for the pleasure of DJs and crowds, without the ambition of becoming classics.